The hugely popular Indian eatery Dishoom has a King’s Cross branch on Stable Street, just off Granary Square.
The now-legendary Bacon Naan Roll is a great way to start your day, or if you’re really hungry, The Big Bombay is the Dishoom twist on a fry up. The all day menu is served from 11.30 till late and features treats like Pau Bhaji, masala prawns, roomali rolls and black house daal. Vegetarians are well catered for, and there are dairy-free, gluten-free and children friendly options throughout the day.
The Permit Room Bar
The basement, which once housed the building’s stables, is now a bar called the Permit Room. Here the “daru-wallah” mixes some wonderful concoctions in the dimly-lit space.
The drinks are inspired by the pre-prohibition scene in Bombay, and the menu sings with traditional ingredients – cardamom, Chai syrup and fiery ginger. Choose from slings, coolers, fizzes, flips and fancies, served over hand-chipped ice and ordered by the ‘peg’ – the traditional Indian liquor measure.
Styled after Bombay’s Irani cafés
The King’s Cross branch is the largest Dishoom to date, and one of the largest restaurants in King’s Cross. The eatery pays homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of everyday life in Bombay. At their peak, there were over 400, but sadly, less than 30 remain.
Decor-wise, there’s plenty to get excited about. The designers spent time in Bombay visiting Irani cafés to perfectly recreate the early 20th century Bombay. Keep an eye out for the clock in the entranceway – it’s an exact replica on the timepiece that hangs in Bombay Central station.
What’s in a name?
The King’s Cross branch is known as Dishoom Godown, the term is used in India to describe a warehouse or storage shed. Back at King’s Cross, you’ll find Godown in the vaulted brick arches of the Western Transit Shed. In Victorian times, this lovely building was used to stable horses and to store and transfer goods via road, rail and canal – hence the name. Read the story behind Dishoom Godown.